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April 4, 2007
Pointers on Pick Trading

Question: Keeping pick No. 11, what would it take to get another first rounder? With two third rounders and four fourth-round picks, can we get another first rounder without giving up our second rounder? If so, where in the first round, top ,bottom, middle? Who might be interested in dealing with us?
--Jason, Sacramento

Answer: There's a so-called "draft value" chart that teams use when contemplating a trade. The first overall pick is worth 3,000 points, pick No. 2 is 2,600 points and so forth until you get to the last pick in the seventh round, which is worth, like, two points.

According to this chart, if the 49ers pooled together all their third- and fourth-round picks, they only could trade into the beginning of the second round. Which means they probably will have to offer their second rounder if they want to move up.

As far as teams willing to deal, the only one that catches my eye is New England, which has picks 24 and 28 in the first round. The Pats have an aging defense and might want to restock with the middle-round picks the 49ers could provide.
--Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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